Nine new members will be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame tonight in Chicago.
Schwarz built up Engel Holding GmbH's global sales network, helping to expand the Austrian firm into a leading injection press manufacturer.
Noble co-founded PVC compounder Carlew Chemicals later called Synergistics Industries Ltd. He pioneered plasticizers in flexible compounds and PEX for wire and cable.
Barr is credited with major advances in screw technology, large-part blow molding machines and extrusion.
Swain founded Chroma Corp. and developed color concentrates. Today he is managing director of the Plastics Pioneers Association.
Galli, an expert in catalyst technology and one of the polyolefin giants, created processes for Spheripol, Spherilene, Catalloy and Spherizone technologies.
Witenhafer pioneered technical achievements at BFGoodrich Co. that helped save the PVC industry after it was discovered that vinyl chloride causes cancer.
Evans rose from a plastics lab assistant to chairman of Nampak Ltd. in South Africa. He managed the first PET beverage bottle plant outside the U.S., for Coke.
Colby founded Spirex Corp. and built it into one of the world's largest screw and barrel makers.
Hendry is widely regarded as the father of gas-assisted injection molding technology. He holds about 20 gas-related patents.
The Hall of Fame award ceremony is tonight, June 22, in the McCormick West ballroom. See Page 10 for ticket information and details.
Profiles begin on Page 9.